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Smart Connect: a SMS communication appliance for rural healthcare

The first SMS, or “text” message, was sent over Vodafone’s network in December 1992. By most accounts, it read simply “Merry Christmas.” Using just fifteen of the permitted 160 characters, it was an appropriately succinct beginning to what is today by far the most widely used data service worldwide.

ICTworks Interview with Stefan Bock on HCI initiatives at BOSCO Uganda

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1) Can you give a little background to the BOSCO Uganda Project and your role in the project? How did you become interested in working in the HCI field.

mLearning: A Platform for Educational Opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid

Education is a key investment in human capital: no variable from 1900 better explains economic success in 2000 than investment in education. Yet today 69 million school children globally don’t have access to basic education while 759 million adults don’t have a formal education.

The Bi-Weekly ICT4D Retrospective: Special Edition

Welcome to the ICTworks bi-weekly ICT4D Retrospective, where we condense the last two weeks of news into a succinct list of links for your perusal. If you want your news to be featured, email them to ritse [at] ritseonline [dot] com. To get these links faster, follow me on Twitter: @RitseOnline

HCI4D: The Emerging Discipline of Human Computer Interaction For Development

The practice of Information and Communication Technology for Development enjoys a host of disciplines within the sector (m4d, health informatics, e-governance, etc), some enjoying more popularity then others. Although, a discipline that is making a more commanding presence in the ICT4D arena, is Human Computer Interaction for Development also referred to has HCI4D.

An ICTworks Interview with Kafui Prebbie, CEO of 1ViLLAGE Ghana

1Village Group is making strides in bringing technology solutions to under-resourced communities in the developing world to promote rapid socio-economic development. I had the opportunity to interview Kafui A. Prebbie, CEO of 1ViLLAGE and hear about his lessons learned while bringing ICT solutions to remote areas in Ghana.

Yoza Excites African Teenagers to Love Reading Using Mobile Phones

We've all heard the hype about eReaders bringing digital books to the masses. But often those "masses" are high-end consumers in the developed world who are reading for leisure and pleasure. So what about the developing world? And specifically teenagers, who have yet to find pleasure or leisure in reading? Books will not be the answer.

Join a Live Debate: Is mHealth an Extender or Disruptor of Existing Healthcare Infrastructure?

New technologies in healthcare offer the opportunity for significant changes in how problems are identified, addressed and solved. Mobile technologies, in particular, offer new ways for medical providers to reach patients.

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As part of the mHealth Summit, Richard Gallagher will be moderating a Live mHealth Debate that seeks to find which impacts mHealth will have on existing health infrastructure:

e Health Points to scale across five northern Indian states - mHealth Summit 2010 Announcement


Healthpoint Services is the first scalable integration of telemedicine, clean water, diagnostics and a robust generic pharmacy. The e Health Point integrated solution enables real foundational healthcare and water delivered in a sustainable, profitable manner via a village clinic or "health point" - doctor visits and over 80 diagnostic tests averaging $1 or less.

Inveneo ICT Sustainability Primer: What to consider when designing ICT projects in the developing world

Since 2006, Inveneo and our Certified ICT Partners have delivered innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions reaching more than 1,500,000 people in over 500 communities in 25 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Haiti.
We've learned a lot of lessons along the way on how to make an ICT project sustainable in resource-constrained environments, and we're like to share them with you.

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How ProjectFOCUS is Bridging Digital Divides with Bicycles

Across colleges in North America, ProjectFOCUS is raising awareness and capital to invest in solar-powered, income-generating internet cafes in Uganda with amazing, replicable computer lab fundraising skills.
But they're not just about fundraising or computer technology, they're also innovators in ICT4D. On June 5th, when they opened the Lyantonde Internet Center in cooperation with ICOD, they used bicycles to extend the reach of the Internet Cafe beyond it's physical office space. Watch the opening ceremony video to learn how:

10 Worst Practices in ICT for Education


Michael Trucano, a recognized expert on deploying ICT in education, recently blogged about Worst practice in ICT use in education:

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ICT Enabled a Safe and Clean Constitutional Referendum in Kenya

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The relative calm surrounding Kenya's constitutional referendum held on August 4 is a stark departure from the violence that marred the infamous 2007 general election. The proposed constitution would limit presidential power and institute land reform, among other changes. One factor that may have contributed to the peaceful vote was the use of information and communications technology.

3 Critical Issues and 4 Solutions to Providing Offline Educational Content

Recently, Kiflom Bezabeh asked an interesting question on LinkedIn's African ICT Network:
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While there were several good answers to Kiflom's specific needs, the overall question had me thinking about the implementation issues in providing offline educational content for high school and University teachers and students in Africa. Here are the three main issues that confront educational content delivery anywhere:

4 Key Challenges and Solutions to ICT Deployments for Rural Healthcare

In February 2008, The Health Metrics Network (HMN) convened experts in Geneva after many months of focused organizational, advocacy and educational efforts in several countries.

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The goal of the event was to test interoperability of core elements of a district-level health solution that would be repeatable across the dozens of countries in which HMN is currently working.
Inveneo participated in this meeting and what follows is a brief discussion of four key ICT challenges identified by the HMN working group and how Inveneo is seeking to overcome them.

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